Recent Stories | AspenTimes.com

Recent Stories by Carolyn Sackariason

Aspen housing authority forcing former board member to sell her home after renting it out

June 20, 2018 — A former Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board member has been issued a notice of violation and could lose her home after renting out her taxpayer-subsidized unit on Airbnb. Renee West, who served on the APCHA board from 2013 to 2016, owns a three-bedroom home at

Learn more »

Aspen’s controversial, historic Boomerang Lodge sells for $10 million

June 19, 2018 — Aspen developer Mark Hunt has purchased the historic Boomerang Lodge and the land it sits on at Fourth Street and Hopkins Avenue for $10 million. The deal was recorded with the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder's Office on Tuesday. Hunt bought the 27,000-square-foot parcel from

Learn more »

Lift One corridor at base of Aspen Mountain gaining speed

June 19, 2018 — The first review of a reimagined west portal to Aspen Mountain received positive feedback from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday. A new site plan for the Lift One corridor has emerged as a result of consensus from landowners at the base of

Learn more »

Wagner Park will get new sod next week

June 18, 2018 — Wagner Park, the site of this past weekend's Food & Wine Classic, took a beating with thousands of people tromping the wet grass. In order to make it presentable for the rest of the season, city crews Wednesday will begin ripping up the sod and

Learn more »

City of Aspen under contract to buy downtown building for $23 million

June 18, 2018 — The city of Aspen is under contract for $23 million to buy a building near City Hall from developer Mark Hunt. The city is eyeing 517 E. Hopkins Ave. for new municipal office space, officials said Monday in a statement. Under the proposed deal, Hunt

Learn more »

Special election date picked for Lift 1A corridor at base of Aspen Mountain

June 17, 2018 — Now that a date has been set for a special election, the clock is ticking on the fate of future development at the base of Aspen Mountain's west side. A Feb. 5 election has been scheduled so the voters can sign off on whatever plans

Learn more »

Chamber kicks off Food and Wine Classic in Aspen

June 14, 2018 — The 36th annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen kicked off in traditional fashion Thursday with the chamber of commerce luncheon at the Hotel Jerome. In front of a packed ballroom, Aspen Chamber Resort Association President and CEO Debbie Braun joked with the crowd of

Learn more »

Aspen officials invest nearly $2 million on electric bus project

June 13, 2018 — Aspen's elected officials this week committed to spending $1.8 million for a fleet of battery-powered buses that are expected to hit the streets next year. The city's expenditure is only a portion of the total cost, which is estimated to be $8.45 million, for eight

Learn more »

City acquires Verena Mallory trail

June 12, 2018 — The city of Aspen is now part owner of a trail easement near Hunter Creek that has been the subject of a lawsuit for three years. Aspen City Council on Monday night approved the acquisition of the Verena Mallory Trail, which is a short single-track

Learn more »

Floating in glory on the Colorado

June 12, 2018 — I turned the big 5-0 recently and I chose the best way I could to deal with the momentous occasion — escape reality and head to my happy place: the river. Normally I'd go for the Westwater Canyon permit right away and get some thrills

Learn more »

City of Aspen to hold a special election surrounding new chairlift

May 31, 2018 — Aspen residents can expect a special election in early 2019 to decide on an alignment for a new Lift 1A chairlift and possibly hotels on either side of it. City planners last month plotted out a fairly aggressive timeline for public review of land-use applications

Learn more »

School’s out for Aspen’s college guidance counselor

May 31, 2018 — After nearly 25 years of dogged commitment to the Aspen community, Warren and Kathy Klug's professional lives have left an indelible mark on thousands of individuals here. The couple is retiring this week, and turning the page to the next chapter of their seemingly storybook

Learn more »

City of Aspen considering new office space location across street, connected by tunnel

May 30, 2018 — Plans for an alternative location for new city office space in downtown Aspen have surfaced, and it includes the government taking over a portion of two buildings and connecting them with the armory via a tunnel under Hopkins Avenue. Aspen City Council members and some

Learn more »

City of Aspen will not build reservoirs in Maroon and Castle valleys

May 29, 2018 — Aspen City Council on Tuesday approved agreements with five entities that took the municipal government to court in an attempt to block its plans to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks. The approved agreements stipulate that the city will not build reservoirs in those

Learn more »

Aspen passes new wildlife harassment ordinance, starting at $250 up to $999

May 29, 2018 — Aspen City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that includes a new fine structure for people who are caught harassing wildlife. The first offense is $250, the second is $500 and the third is $999, along with an appearance in municipal court. Those fines match

Learn more »

Aspen and Basalt riding out We-cycle’s free bike sharing

May 28, 2018 — Ridership has soared in the three weeks that We-cycle has been in operation for the season, thanks to the bike-sharing program going to a no-fare system. Since May 7, ridership is up 197 percent in Aspen and 44 percent in Basalt during the same time

Learn more »

City of Aspen agrees to no dams in designated wilderness area

May 24, 2018 — The city of Aspen has reached an agreement with five opposing parties in water court over the municipal government's plans to reserve the right to build dams on Maroon and Castle creeks. Two of the opposers, Wilderness Workshop and Western Resource Advocates, announced the settlement

Learn more »

City of Aspen decides to keep its multi-million revenue stream intact for Wheeler Opera House

May 22, 2018 — Aspen's elected officials on Tuesday opted not to siphon from the tax revenue stream that funds the Wheeler Opera House to support other arts endeavors in town. But what City Council did decide is to fund a study next year that looks at a needs

Learn more »

Aspen’s housing credit program signaling some weaknesses

May 21, 2018 — The creation of a marketplace for affordable housing eight years ago has resulted in new homes for roughly 70 locals. It's called the Certificate of Affordable Housing Credits Program and was the brainchild of longtime local Peter Fornell. He convinced city officials in 2010 to

Learn more »

City of Aspen celebrates Arbor Day with tree giveaway

May 18, 2018 — On this Arbor Day, city of Aspen foresters are celebrating trees while at the same time trying to protect the urban inventory from development. As neighborhoods like the West End see homes torn down and redeveloped, often the trees go with them. Many of them

Learn more »